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Hub. If I in act, consent, or sin of thought,

Be guilty of the stealing that sweet breath
Which was embounded in this beauteous clay,
Let hell want pains enough to torture me.

I left him well.

Go, bear him in thine arms.
I am amazed, methinks, and lose my way 140
Among the thorns and dangers of this world.
How easy dost thou take all England up!
From forth this morsel of dead royalty,
The life, the right and truth of all this realm
Is fled to heaven; and England now is left 145
To tug and scamble and to part by the teeth
The unowed interest of proud-swelling state.
Now for the bare-pick'd bone of majesty
Doth dogged war bristle his angry crest
And snarleth in the gentle eyes of peace : 150
Now powers from home and discontents at home
Meet in one line; and vast confusion waits,
As doth a raven on a sick-fallen beast,
The imminent decay of wrested pomp.

136, 137. Be guilty of the stealing, catch may." Rowe emended to etc.] Compare iii. iv. 19 and iv. ii. “scramble." 246 supra.

147. unowed] unowned, for the 137. embounded in) enclosed with- ownership was being scrambled for. in.

Compare “owe,” iv. i. 123, etc. supra. 140. amazed] stupefied, struck 151. powers from home, etc.] foreign dumb with astonishment. Compare armies and internal rebels. Abstract iv. ii. 137 supra.

for concrete. 146. scamble) scramble for, get by 152. waits] awaits; transitive, rough means. Compare Henry V. the direct object being " decay." 1. i. 4: "the scambling and unquiet 154. wrested pomp) One is tempted times.” Cotgrave has “Griffe graffe: to paraphrase this as Usurpyd by hook or by crook, squimble Power," one of the “characters" in squamble, scamblingly, catch that Bale's Kynge Johan.

Now happy he whose cloak and cincture can 155
Hold out this tempest. Bear away that child
And follow me with speed: I'll to the king :
A thousand businesses are brief in hand,
And heaven itself doth frown upon the land.

[Exeunt. 155. cincture] So Pope; center Ff. 158. in) at Rowe. 158. brief in hand) call for immediate attention or dispatch.


SCENE I.--King John's palace.

Enter KING JOHN, PANDULPH, and Attendants. K. John. Thus have I yielded up into your hand The circle of my glory.

[Giving the crown. Pand

Take again
From this my hand, as holding of the pope

Your sovereign greatness and authority.
K. John. Now keep your holy word: go meet the French, 5

And from his holiness use all your power
To stop their marches 'fore we are inflamed.
Our discontented counties do revolt;
Our people quarrel with obedience,
Swearing allegiance and the love of soul




Take again] Lettsom this as "nobles" (county = count, as jectured "Take 't again,” which Dyce in Romeo and Juliet), with Steevens printed in his second edition. An and Delius, or as “shires," with object is thus supplied to take.” Schmidt and Wright? I think the Heath conjectures that “From this ” fact that there is no mention of the should read “This from,” which rebellion of the nobles (which at that very ingeniously achieves the same time was the real danger, as Shakeend. By inserting a comma after speare knew), if this is supposed not

sovereign greatness and to refer to them, decides the matter. authority” may be made object to John would never have omitted them "take": the meaning is thus pre- from his list of troubles. This served and the grammatical con

overweighs the negative struction saved. It is so printed in evidence that "countiesis used by the 1821 Boswell-Malone. The Folios Shakespeare in other places only for have no comma.

Italian nobles. 8. counties] Are we to interpret 1o. love of soul] the sincerest love,




To stranger blood, to foreign royalty.
This inundation of mistempered humour
Rests by you only to be qualified :
Then pause not; for the present time's so sick,
That present medicine must be minister'd,

15 Or overthrow incurable ensues. Pand. It was my breath that blew this tempest up,

Upon your stubborn usage of the pope;
But since you are a gentle convertite,
My tongue shall hush again this storm of war, 20
And make fair weather in your blustering land.
On this Ascension-day, remember well,
Upon your oath of service to the pope,

Go I to make the French lay down their arms. [Exit. K. John. Is this Ascension-day? Did not the prophet 25

Say that before Ascension-day at noon
My crown I should give off? Even so I have :
I did suppose it should be on constraint;
But, heaven be thank’d, it is but voluntary.

Enter the BASTARD.
Bast. All Kent hath yielded ; nothing there holds out 30

But Dover Castle: London hath received,
Like a kind host, the Dauphin and his powers:

Your nobles will not hear you, but are gone 16. incurable] incurably F 4. Mr. Moore-Smith quotes Measure qualifie, mitigate.” So Two Gentlefor Measure, 1. i. 18: “we have with men of Verona, II. vii. 22:

“ But special soul elected him," and qualify the fire's extreme rage.” Schmidt's dictum that the soul is re- 19. convertite] An old form of presented as “the seat of real, not “convert.” Compare Lucrece, 743 : only professed, sentiments.”

“He thence departs a heavy con13. qualified] stemmed. Cotgrave vertite." has “Seder : to still, quiet, asswage,

To offer service to your enemy,
And wild amazement hurries up and down 35

The little number of your doubtful friends.
K. John. Would not my lords return to me again,

After they heard young Arthur was alive?
Bast. They found him dead and cast into the streets,
An empty casket, where the jewel of life

By some damn'd hand was robb’d and ta'en away.
K. John. That villain Hubert told me he did live.
Bast. So, on my soul, he did, for aught he knew.

But wherefore do you droop? why look you sad ?
Be great in act, as you have been in thought; 45
Let not the world see fear and sad distrust
Govern the motion of a kingly eye:
Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire;
Threaten the threatener, and outface the brow
Of bragging horror: so shall inferior eyes,
That borrow their behaviours from the great,
Grow great by your example and put on
The dauntless spirit of resolution.
Away, and glister like the god of war,
When he intendeth to become the field :

Show boldness and aspiring confidence.
What, shall they seek the lion in his den,


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